Hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday supported the Jammu and Kashmir government's move to postpone school examinations to March in the aftermath of the floods but demanded that decision be made permanent.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir is grappling with the worst floods in the past five/six decades. Preliminary reports place the death toll at two hundred; the actual figure may be much more. Lakhs have remained marooned over many days and thousands have been left homeless. No doubt, the tragedy is of mammoth proportions.
Expressing grief over the loss of lives in ceasefire violations along the international border, Syed Ali Shah Geelani today said small skirmishes can lead to a war between India and Pakistan in which no country will be a winner.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev`s close aide Ved Pratap Vaidik who was recently in headlines after meeting with the 26/11 mastermind and Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed, said on Wednesday that Kashmiri separatists meeting Pakistani leaders is an `old tradition`.
Senior separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah on Monday welcomed the upcoming Indo-Pakistan Foreign Secretary level talks but maintained that bilateral dialogue between the two countries would not resolve the Kashmir issue as people of the state were principle party to the dispute.
Prohibitory orders were on Saturday imposed in parts Srinagar in the wake of a strike call by hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani over the issue of Kounsarnag yatra in South Kashmir.
Normal life was disrupted in Kashmir Valley Thursday due to a strike called by hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani to protest killings in Gaza and to mourn the death of seven persons in an accident involving an army vehicle.
Separatists groups, including all the three factions of Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday called for a general strike on Friday to protest against the visit of Prime Minister Narendera Modi to Jammu and Kashmir.
With the Centre working on a rehabilitation package for Kashmiri Pandits, hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that Muslims were not against their return to the valley, however, he strongly opposed any plan to create `safe zones` for them.
Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani today threatened agitation if the Centre carved out separate zones for Kashmiri migrant pandits in the valley and rehabilitate the Pakistani refugees in Jammu and Kashmir.
Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday said there is nothing to fear about the BJP government at the Centre as there is not an iota of difference in the policies pursued by the current dispensation and the preceding regime.
Cine star-turned-Congress hopeful from Meerut, Nagma, put herself in a spot after she confused late shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan with Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani, saying the J&K separatist leader is a `Bharat Ratna`.
Normal life in Kashmir Valley was disrupted today due to a strike called by hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani against detention of separatist leaders and youth campaigning for a boycott of Lok Sabha elections.
Sanjay Saraf, who belong to a party which is part of the NDA, on Sunday confirmed that he had met Syed Ali Shah Geelani but dismissed reports that he had carried any message from Narendra Modi to the hardline Hurriyat leader.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq clarified that his earlier statements in support of the NDA government over Kashmir did not mean that he was supporting either the BJP or its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.